My team and I bring a rich background to our college counseling and educational consulting work. My unwavering goal is to help students find their best-fit schools and to do so with integrity—to the student’s passions and my own values. I have trained extensively as an educational consultant, worked for many years as a therapeutic consultant, and maintain a strong network and professional affiliations through which I keep informed of the latest trends in the college admissions landscape.
My expert writing coaches have backgrounds in journalism, philosophy, and English literature. As a collective, my team shares a sense of altruism about what’s possible when we commit ourselves to the greater good and to remaining true to ourselves—our interests range from yoga and Buddhist studies to art history, science fiction, and taekwondo.
Founder and Educational Consultant
Marcia founded Plan the Path after a long career as an educator. Before focusing full-time on educational consulting, she was a high school English teacher, the director of a tutoring company, and a therapeutic consultant. Over the years, Marcia has visited hundreds of colleges, post-secondary programs, transition programs, and therapeutic programs. She deftly finds the best-fit schools for her clients, relying on her expertise and active listening to determine where they will be most successful.
Marcia works with traditional college-bound students as well as those with special needs, including young adults who have learning differences and ASD diagnoses. In addition, she consults with students who have taken non-traditional paths such as residential treatment for psychiatric and behavioral issues.
Out-of-office respite: Marcia is a dedicated yoga practitioner and loves to hike in the Hudson Valley.
Marcia is a proud member of the following organizations:
Jeremy Lehrer / Director of Strategy and Writing
Jeremy, who studied English at Northwestern University, has two decades of experience working as an editor and writer for magazines, books, and websites. He is helping to build Plan the Path’s strategic direction by matching our voice with our vision and developing new ways of sharing our expertise. In guiding students, his goal is to help them express their story in the most compelling, authentic way possible. For Jeremy, talking with students about their personal experiences is deeply rewarding and meaningful, as is the process of shaping essays that express heartfelt stories, insights, and journeys.
Favorite places to immerse: The Pioneer Valley (Massachusetts), science-fiction (anywhere), meditation (everywhere).
Taryn Sue Leong / Writing Coach
Taryn has worked for several years as a high school English teacher. Her goal in working with students is to show them how everyone has a unique story that can be crafted into an engaging admissions essay that stands out. She works closely with students to refine and deepen their narratives so that their essays reflect the vision, self-awareness, and independence that college admissions officers want to see. Taryn holds a BA degree with joint honors in Philosophy and English Literature from the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Go-to getaway: When not working with students, Taryn likes to ensconce herself amidst the California redwoods for some meditation.
Michael Richardson / Writing Coach
Michael Richardson has had a rich career as a teacher and editor. He enjoys mentoring students in expressing their distinctive voices. In addition to coaching for Plan the Path, Michael is a special education teacher at Montclair High School. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Vermont and a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. As a journalist, he nurtured the professional advancement of dozens of young reporters—giving him coaching skills that he uses with our students.
Holiday break: Every chance he gets, Michael frolics on the beach in Cape Cod with his wife, three children, and two dogs.
Tamara Block / Assistant Consultant
Tamara Block began her career in NYC as a learning specialist and a math and science teacher for children with learning differences. She remains passionate about helping students pursue their educational goals. She has a BA in Art History from Johns Hopkins University; an MA in Reading and Literacy from Teachers College, Columbia University; and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.
Creative pursuits: In her free time, Tamara can be found baking cookies, creating stained glass pieces, and practicing taekwondo.